Friday, January 18, 2019

From Historynet: Today in History January 18

1486          Henry VII Image result for Henry VII marries 
Elizabeth of York Image result for Elizabeth of York.

1701          Frederick III Image result for Frederick III, the elector of Brandenburg, becomes king of Prussia.

1778          Captain James Cook Image result for Captain James Cook discovers the Hawaiian Islands, naming them the 'Sandwich Islands' after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Sandwich.

1836          Jim Bowie Image result for Jim Bowie arrives at the Alamo to assist its Texas defenders.

1862          John Tyler, Image result for John Tyler former president of the U.S., is buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.

1902          The Isthmus Canal Commission in Washington shifts its support from Nicaragua to Panama as a favored canal site.

1910          Aviator Eugene Ely Image result for Eugene Ely performs his first successful take off and landing from a ship in San Francisco.

1916          The Russians force the Turkish 3rd Army back to Erzurum.

1942          General MacArthur Image result for General MacArthur repels the Japanese in Bataan. The United States takes the lead in the Far East war criminal trials.

1945          The German Army launches its second attempt to relieve the besieged city of Budapest from the advancing Red Army.

1948          Gandhi Image result for Gandhi breaks a 121-hour fast after halting Muslim-Hindu riots.

1962          The United States begins spraying foliage with herbicides in South Vietnam, in order to reveal the whereabouts of Vietcong guerrillas.

1964          Plans are disclosed for the World Trade Center in New York.

1978          The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isolate the cause of Legionnaire's disease.

1991          Iraq starts firing Scud missiles at Israeli cities.

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